Making herb infused oils takes quite some time and patience but also very satisfying. I have previously talked about Calendula oil, how to make the infusion yourself and how to use it in skin remedies. Today I decided to introduce another favorite infusion of mine - the elderflower oil. Curuious to hear more about it? Keep reading then..
What is Elderflower?
My first memory of using elderflower remedy is from my childhood when my grandmother was pouring tons of litters of tea in my throat to combat the flu and cough. She was using it in food, desserts, drinks and liquors - she was a big elderflower fan.
Now I know it was for good reason. Elderflower is used for colds, flu, swollen sinuses (sinusitis), bronchitis, diabetes, constipation and skin care. It is packed with vitamins A, B, C, and E, all of which incredibely beneficial for the skin health.
Benefits of Elderflower Oil For Skin
Elderflower oil has anti-inflammatory properties and is rich in vitamins and bioflavonoids which help prevent wrinkles from developing. The oil contains can protect against sun and other free-radical damage.
Elderflower oil has also astringent properties that cause the skin to tighten, reduce the size of pores and smooths the skin.
When added in DIY skin care products, elderflower oil:
How To Make Infused Elderflower Oil
If you want to try adding some elderflower oil to your beauty routine and DIYs, give this Elderflower oil infusion recipe a try.
• 2 handfuls of dried elderflowers (you can use fresh too)
• 400 ml (14oz) of argan oil (you can use any liquid carrier oil - almond, avocado, apricot kernel, etc. )
• 1 glass jar of 500 ml (16oz)
Note: You want to use cold-pressed carrier oil for your infusion. Cold-pressed retain healthy nutrients and antioxidants that are otherwise damaged by being exposed to heat.
How To Prepare and Use It?
1. Fill the jar with flowers.
2. Cover them with the oil of your choice.
3. Place the mixture in a warm place for minimum two weeks. Heat and patience are the main factors helping the infusion.
Note: This is the old-school infusion, which I use. If you have a yogurt maker, you can use that too. Read about the yogurt method in my Calendula oil post here. For herb infusions in oil, you can also use double boiler. Do you have experience with double boiler or other methods? Share your verdict in the comments below 🙂
4. After two weeks, strain the oil through a mesh-/ cheesecloth into the clean jar.
5. If you want to do a double straining, allow the mixture to sit overnight and repeat the straining.
6. Store the elderflower oil in a cool and dark place. Shelf live is up to one year.
You can use elderflower oil in balms, salves, creams and moisturizers. I will be sure to share some of my favorite DIYs with elderflower oil in the upcoming posts.
I hope you enjoyed this post and I will talk to you in the next one.
Stay tuned and take skin care
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